On June 13th, the New Hampshire state House of Representatives is scheduled to hold floor votes to consider concurrence on a number of bills received from the Senate that would impact our Second Amendment rights, including legislation to criminalize the private transfer of firearms, impose waiting periods, and take away the constitutional rights of individuals without due process. There will be further deliberation by a committee of conference on HB 564, a bill that would increase arbitrary boundaries where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. If the committee comes to agreement, it will go back to the Legislature for further action. Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE House Bills 109, 514, 564, and 696.
House Bill 109 would essentially ban the private transfer of firearms, with very limited exemptions. It would employ a broad definition of "commercial sales" that would require private individuals, such as collectors and hobbyists who attend gun shows to trade firearms among each other, to conduct their transfers through Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) dealers. The exemptions in the bill for private individuals not attending gun shows are so narrow and this definition of "commercial sales" is so large that they are effectively useless.
House Bill 514 would delay Second Amendment rights by requiring a three day waiting period (excluding weekends and holidays) before an individual may receive firearms that they purchase. There would be limited exemptions, such as for those who have completed the 16 hour hunter safety course and are seeking to buy a long gun. The original version of the bill would have imposed the waiting period for seven days, excluding weekends and legal holidays, and included ammunition as well, but those provisions have been amended out.
House Bill 564 would allow school districts to adopt policies to prohibit law-abiding citizens carrying firearms for self-defense from going onto school grounds. Parents would have to deviate from their normal routes to leave firearms at home or to park off-campus when picking their children up at school or attending school events. So called “gun-free zones” simply disarm law-abiding citizens and leave them defenseless against the criminals who ignore such arbitrary boundaries. School safety is of the utmost importance, but restricting the rights of law-abiding New Hampshire citizens won't result in increased school safety.
House Bill 696 would violate an individual's constitutional rights and allow for the seizure of firearms with an ex parte order absent due process and without regard for the basis of the order. Further, law enforcement would be immune from liability for any damage done to the firearms they seize. If an order expires, an individual would have to go to court to have their constitutionally protected property returned to them, unlike when the court may have seized the property wrongfully.
Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative and urge them to OPPOSE House Bills 109, 514, 564, and 696.